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How to Utilize Game-Based Learning in Your Youth BJJ Program

Mar 07, 2023

How to Utilize Game-Based Learning in Your Youth BJJ Program

For youth BJJ programs, game-based learning is an effective way to teach new techniques and concepts. Through playful activities and games, instructors can engage their students while helping them develop a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to incorporate game-based learning into your youth BJJ program for maximum benefit.

Why Game-Based Learning Works

Game-based learning is based on the idea that kids learn best through play rather than memorization or simply performing techniques. By creating small games with finite start and end points, you can help your students become more comfortable with the movements of BJJ. They will be able to figure out what movements they need to do in order to create the desired end result. You don't have to spend time lecturing your students on how each technique works; instead, let them discover it themselves through trial and error as they play.

When designing games for your program, it's important to focus on those with clear win conditions. Rather than things like flow rolling or time-based challenges, aim for scenarios where there is a “winner” at the end of each game such as escaping guard or achieving mount position. We recommend focusing on games that cover the main BJJ scenarios like the guard, turtle, standing positions as well as dominant pins like mount and back control. A great way to approach this is by showing students multiple ways they can achieve their goal but letting them figure out how to do it themselves with minimal guidance from you.

Benefits of Game-Based Learning

In addition to being fun and engaging for everyone involved, game-based learning has many other benefits for kids who are just starting out in BJJ. Not only are they better able to understand individual techniques within a larger context, but they also develop skills like problem solving and critical thinking which will come in handy both inside and outside of the dojo. Additionally, since each game has a specific outcome that needs to be achieved by either one student or a team of students working together collaboratively, kids also learn invaluable lessons about cooperation and teamwork when playing these games together!

It’s clear that incorporating game-based learning into your youth BJJ program has many advantages over traditional teaching methods. Not only does it provide an engaging way for your students to learn new techniques but it also helps foster important life skills such as problem solving and teamwork. We hope this blog post has given you some insight into why game-based learning should be a part of any successful youth BJJ program!


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